Recommended WordPress plugin – Photodropper for WordPress

If you post a lot of your blog's content onto Facebook, you really need to include a picture with your blog posts to make it look good, stand out and not look like everything else you post on your Facebook Fan Page or profile.

But of course, you can't just go running to a search engine and steal any old picture, without giving proper credit or paying for it.

Which is where this fab plugin comes in – Photodropper for WordPress searches Flickr for pictures that you ARE allowed to use, and allows you to put them into your blog posts, along with the proper accreditation and copyright notice – all at the touch of a few buttons!

You can search by keyword to find the picture you want, choose the alignment and size, then simply press to insert into your blog – it's so simple anyone can do it!

(If your blog is a commercial one, make sure you check the 'commercial blog' box as some people on Flickr don't want their pictures used on commercial blogs)

To download this plugin, visit the Photodropper for WordPress website.

Not sure how to install plugins? See our Guide to installing WordPress plugins.

Still unable to install? If you need help installing a WordPress plugin, please see our WordPress Plugin Installation Help service.

Recommended WordPress Plugin – Facebook 'Like' Button

Since Facebook announced that they were offering the functionality for website oweners to have 'Like' buttons on their non Facebook content, the race has been on to develop a plugin.

We've found two so far.

  • Facebook Like WordPress Plugin V1 (link goes directly to zip file) – this puts a Like button at the top or bottom of your posts (we've put it at the bottom( of ours as you can see). You can change the size and a few other options, which makes this one our favourite. You can find out more about this plugin on this blog post written by the creator.
  • Facebook Like Button Widget – this installs a widget that you can then place in your sidebars. It works well on some blogs but was too wide for our sidebars unfortunately and it can't be changed as far as I can tell.

So now Facebook members can 'Like' your content when they visit your website!

Let us know if you install either of these plugins so we can pop along and take a look!

Not sure how to install plugins? See our Guide to installing WordPress plugins.

Still unable to install? If you need help installing a WordPress plugin, please see our WordPress Plugin Installation Help service.


Recommended WordPress Plugin – WYSIWYG editor for WordPress

OK, the built in editor in WordPress isn't BAD, but it does make some things a bit difficult, so we love this plugin: Dean’s FCKEditor for WordPress

It makes adding blogs and comments to your WordPress blog as easy as using Word.

Whether you want to change the colour of text, add a smiley ( ), change the size of your text, or a myriad of other things, it makes them easy.

For me, the best part about it is the ability to put tables into WordPress easily, which allows much more freedom when it comes to writing blogs!

Plus, it allows for 'styled and colourful comments' – I've not played with this yet but it could be fun ;)

Features

  • Replace the default wordpress editor with CKEditor
  • Post comment with CKEditor to provide styled and colorful comments(Optional).
  • Build-in File manager and upload manager.
  • Build-in WordPress "read more" Button.
  • Control output format.
  • Customizable toolbar buttons
  • Integrated with WordPress media buttons:

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  • Manage and insert Smileys into your post.
  • Customize editor’s skin.
  • …and more.

Thanks to @cartoono for pointing this one out – it's going to be a great addition to my clients' blogs!

To download this plugin, visit the Plugin page.

Not sure how to install plugins? See our Guide to installing WordPress plugins.

Still unable to install? If you need help installing a WordPress plugin, please see our WordPress Plugin Installation Help service.

 


WordPress Plugin installation help

wpSince we posted our guide to installing WordPress Plugins we’ve had a lot of emails asking for help.

Not everyone wants to, or indeed can, install their plugins themselves and get them running, but it seems that lots of you want to install plugins on your blogs and don’t know where to turn.

So we’re offering WordPress plugin installation help on a first come, first served basis for a nominal fee (much as we would like to do this for nothing, the amount of requests we’ve had would have meant we’d do no paying work for at least a week!)

If you have seen a plugin on another WordPress blog and want it on yours, or have a specific plugin you want to install, then we’ll do it for you for just ¬£5 per plugin.

This includes uploading / FTPing the plugin, activating it and amending any settings, as well as testing.

All we need from you is your WordPress login details and / or your FTP details.

Use the Paypal button below to book this service. The payment will trigger an email to you that will ask all the questions we need answers to, and we’ll install your plugin within 48 hours.

How do I install a WordPress plugin on my WordPress blog?

We’ve had quite a few enquiries recently saying “I want to install such and such a plugin on my WordPress blog, how do I do it?” so I thought a blog post was in order.

There are 2 ways to install plugins – through your admin panel and ‘manually’ – below are WordPress’s own instructions regarding how to do both.

Through the admin panel is easiest – log in and then:

From the Administration Panels, click on the Plugin tab. Once you have uploaded a plugin to your WordPress plugin directory, activate it from the Plugins Management page, and sit back and watch your plugin work.

To be honest, this does work well for most of the plugins – and if you have a little time, searching for plugins to install from the admin panel can while away a few hours, and result in you installing and playing with oodles of plugins – it’s very addictive!

If you have to manually install¬† plugin it’s a little more complicated – you’ll need FTP software and your FTP logins (an address, username and password – if you don’t know them, your web designer/host can probably give them to you).

So, once you have this, follow these instructions:

  1. Read through the “readme” file thoroughly that usually accompanies a plugin, or the website article from where you found the plugin. It is often helpful to print out the instructions so you can check off the installation steps as you complete them.
  2. Upload the plugin to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online.
  3. Make any changes to templates or files as required by the Plugin instructions including adding Plugin template tags.
  4. Activate the Plugin:
    1. Access the Plugin Panel in your Administration Panels
    2. Scroll down through the list of Plugins to find the newly installed Plugin (if not visible, start from the beginning to check to see if you followed the instructions properly and uploaded the file correctly).
    3. Click on the Activate link to turn the Plugin on.
  5. Continue making any modifications necessary from the “readme” file instructions to make the plugin’s actions meet your needs.

They make it sound very easy, and if you know what you’re doing, it is. However, we do realise that the above 5 steps may sound like gobbledygook to some people, so maybe the video below will help:

If you’re still struggling to add a plugin to your blog, or to get it to work properly,¬† please see our WordPress Plugin Installation Help service.

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